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STOCKTON NEEDS NO EXTRA MOTIVATION FOR DERBY

20 February 2020

Club News

STOCKTON NEEDS NO EXTRA MOTIVATION FOR DERBY

20 February 2020

Cole Stockton insists he needs no extra motivation to play for the Shrimps as he prepares to face his former club with Morecambe visiting local rivals Carlisle United at Brunton Park this weekend.

The 25-year-old signed an 18-month deal with the Cumbrians in January 2018 and made 12 appearances under Keith Curle during the remainder of the 2017/18 season.

Stockton left Carlisle United by mutual consent in August 2018 when John Sheridan took over as boss, joining Tranmere Rovers for the 2018/19 campaign.

"I don't really think about the fact it's a former club," said Stockton.

"I'm fully motivated to play for this club and the manager, so in my eyes, this is just another game.

"I want to do my best, whoever we're playing against and we want to get the win.

"They're a big club with big expectations but they're only five points ahead of us and we have a good record against them this season.

"We've played them twice already, won one and drawn one, both at our place.

"This will be my first time travelling to Brunton Park as a Morecambe player believe it or not."

Stockton is currently in his third period as a Shrimps player, joining on loan from Tranmere Rovers in the latter stages of the 2015/16 season for his first spell and again on a six-month loan from Tranmere at the start of 2016/17.

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The forward scored 10 goals in 26 appearances for the Shrimps that season, going on to add eight more for Tranmere after recovering from a knee injury sustained at Scunthorpe, taking his tally for the campaign to 18.

"Strikers get judged on goals," continued Stockton.

"I've had chances during this spell that I should have put away. I feel I've created chances for others, but as a centre forward there's nothing worse than not scoring.

"As long as you're doing your bit for the team and contributing in other ways when you're not scoring you hope that's enough to keep you in the team until the goals come.

"With the start to the season we had, we have to do the horrible stuff. We have to earn the right to play.

"I'm not a fancy centre-forward, I'm not going to take on seven players and stick it in the top corner. I'm going to bring centre-halves into my world and make it as horrible for them as I can."

 


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